In a recorded message, Barry was ostensibly expressing support for Jacque Patterson, a Barry ally and candidate for the board seat representing Wards 7 and 8 now held by William Lockridge.
But those who received the Oct. 28 robocall featuring Barry got very little information about the affable Patterson. Instead, Barry fired off a strong dose of Lockridge-bashing. Barry posited that during Lockridge's eight-year tenure on the school board, "[a]lmost everything in our system has gotten worse."
Pretty standard fare in this season of political attacks, but Barry wasn’t done. He closed with this vicious sign off: "A vote for William Lockridge is a vote for bad schools."
Barry’s sharp rhetoric wasn’t forged out of concern for children. He sees Lockridge as the most likely challenger to his Ward 8 throne in 2008. After Barry, the school-board member is the most visible elected official in the ward.
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Barry bashes Lockridge
The City Paper has an interesting tidbit about Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry's recent attacks on Ward 7 & 8 DC Board of Education member William Lockridge.